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NBA Betting Preview: Heat Move Closer To A Championship

The economical choice before the season began would have been to take a chance on the Los Angeles Lakers or the Boston Celtics. The two teams have combined for the past three championships, and both had longer odds to win a title than Miami.

Gamblers, however, are prone to stay with the front runner. Miami put together their own version of the big three, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh, and odds makers immediately made the Heat the favorite. For those bettors who still decided to place money on the Heat, the time may be nearing to head to Las Vegas and collect on those bets.

Miami ousted Boston from the playoffs on Wednesday evening, winning their second round series 4-1. With the Lakers having been eliminated last Sunday, the path to the NBA title may go through Miami. Chicago, the number one seed in the Eastern Conference, is the only of the remaining teams that would hold home court advantage over the heat.

If Chicago can close out Atlanta in game six, Miami would start their championship series run on the road in Chicago. If Atlanta can somehow rally and win the Chicago series, the Hawks would head to South Beach for the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals.

Gamblers will keep a close eye on Miami from here on out. Dallas, a team the Heat defeated for their lone championship, is playing as well as any team in the league. Oklahoma City could also pose a threat to Miami, and there is always the Bulls, who had the best record in the league this season.

It is likely the way the Heat are playing that they will be the betting favorite in any series they are in the rest of this year. Miami has played nearly flawlessly in two series' so far, and they have three of the top players in the NBA.

The Bulls would counter with league MVP Derrick Rose, Carlos Boozer, and a slew of role players who have done the job all season long. Dallas and Oklahoma City, should they advance, have two of the top players in the game in Dirk Nowitzki and Kevin Durant, respectively.

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